Swing by the swimming pool during the 2018 USA Games and you may be lucky enough to catch 11-year-old Jackson Mayor in action — racing in freestyle and breaststroke events. But don’t think for a moment that this talented Kaiser Permanente member only excels at swimming. He’s also on the Special Olympics Washington golf team, plays soccer, takes diving lessons, and has participated in gymnastics. He’s been active in Special Olympics for about 2 years.
It’s no big surprise that Jackson’s favorite subject in fifth grade is physical education. When he’s not at school or at Special Olympics activities, he enjoys skateboarding, riding his bike, and hanging out with his friends. He also likes playing with his family’s dog, a Boston terrier named Popeye.
Jackson has an exciting few months ahead of him. He’s looking forward to the Special Olympics Team Washington training camp in May, and the weeklong Games in early July. Later in July he gets to throw out the first pitch at the Mariners’ Salute to Kids Day. And then his family is going on a road trip to Disneyland and Yosemite. “It’s going to be a fun summer!” he says.